Integrated Arts in Utah Schools

Program Founded in 1993 by Art Access

The Integrated Arts in Schools program was established in 1993 through a contract with the Utah State Office of Educationʼs Special Education Services. Since its inception, the program has provided inclusive arts education services in all art mediums to students, ages 3-22, who receive special education services in Utah public schools, as well as in other disability service venues. Educators and service
providers collaborate with professional artists to create residency programs, special projects, and festivals as requested by individual schools or teachers and administrators from school districts and disability or cultural service organizations. Each project is specifically designed to accommodate the unique needs of the requesting school and its targeted students. Arts education activities include an array of visual, performing (dance/movement), and literary arts. All residencies include an in-service component to help educators continue applying arts programming in their classrooms after their project concludes.

Integrated Arts in Utah Schools, has demonstrated consistent success, strengthens our community by providing free and targeted arts activities to Utah students with sensory, cognitive, learning, developmental, and/or physical disabilities. By creating art in an inclusive environment with their peers, and under the instruction of teaching artists, who have proven experience working with people of all backgrounds and abilities, students with disabilities can develop the following: small and large motor coordination, language and interpersonal skills, conflict resolution, behavior and stress management, creativity, and self-awareness and self-esteem. Importantly, this program aligns with Utah state education standards for the appropriate grade and developmental levels, and educators and professional artists develop individual education/service plans to meet classroom needs. Incorporating the arts into the core curriculum in this way often leads to students with disabilities becoming more integrated into the community life of their school and experiencing additional classroom success.

This program targets school-aged youth receiving special education services with the goal of providing integrated one-on-one programming with mainstream student peers. Rigorous program allocation applications and reporting processes are implemented to insure students receive high quality arts learning experiences. Art Access invites schools and service organizations serving youth with disabilities to apply for Integrated Arts Program allocations annually.

Integrated Arts Program Allocation Information

This program's requirement of integration prescribes that students receiving special education services are integrated with students from their school's mainstream population.

Professional artists for the Integrated Arts Program are contracted from the Teaching Artists Roster of the Division of Arts and Museums, which includes well-trained and qualified artists who are able to work in various circumstances and with a wide range of age groups and abilities.

Proposal Deadline: April 30th of each year

Eligible Participants: children (3 to 22) receiving special education services

Integrated Arts Eligibility Inquiry Form: Please complete our online Integrated Arts in Utah Schools Inquiry Form to learn if your project is eligible for an Integrated Arts in Utah Schools program allocation. If you are eligible, an allocation proposal application form will be sent to you. 

Project Dates: To be determind by artist and facility (July 1 – June 30)

Program Allocations: $500 to $1,500 according to project need

2014/15 Program Sites:
Bingham High School
Clear Horizons Academy
Decker Lake Youth Center
Edison Elementary
Genesis Youth Center
Granite Elementary School
Indian Hills Elementary
Jordan Valley School
Kauri Sue Hamilton School
Primary Children's Medical Center @ Wasatch Canyons Behavioral Health Unit
Riverton High School
The Road Home Shelter
South Valley School
University Neuropsychiatric Institute Girls' Transition Unit
Utah Schools for the Deaf and Blind locations:
      Blind Region 1
      Blind Region 2
      Millcreek Elementary
      Salt Lake Campus
      Jean Masseiu School of the Deaf
West Jordan High School 

Contact: To request information about allocation proposals and requirements for your organization, please contact Amanda Finlayson at 801-328-0703, opt. 5 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..



This program is provided primarily under contracts with the Utah State Office of Education's Special Education Services, and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Funding is also recieved from the Salt Lake City Arts Council's Arts Learning program.

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